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of us that don't like citizens united have our questions about anybody pouring all that money in any ways. however, if you are going to be able to do it, this is doing it to make a very effective point, and he really has forced gun control into that race as perhaps the central issue, and i think when we take a step back, yes, you are quite right. i was talking about that beast with two heads metaphor in my head. you are quite right. we are moving in different directions, but in 20 years it's been 20 years since we had this much pressure to pass sane gun laws, and i think we always have to keep our eye on that big thing. as katrina mentioned, there is an extremely good chance that we're going to get universal background checks. there is a decent chance that we will get a ban on the big magazines. there is a pretty good chance that we will get new gun trafficking laws. the nra for the first time in a very long time, maybe forever, is really playing defense, and that's an astonishing shift in this debate. >> can we talk about why that is? you remember, alex, when we were on this set whe
on a moving platform, so he doesn't have to walk down the long aisle. sometimes he using a cane. his brothers says the doctors told hi not to take any more transatlantic trips. >>> he is also an nbc vattian analyst. george, good to see you. you and i are in somewhat frequent contact, as you send out notes about what's going on, but did anybody really see this coming? i nope he's talked about the possibility of retirement, but now? >> i was going to say, chris, it's an unexpected pleasure to see you today. this is a surprise to timing, not to fact. the pope has indicated on several previous indications if he ever came to the decision in prayer and conscience he could not give the service the church deserved, he would leave, not stand on his ego or stand on ceremony. he would clear the path for a new pope. the timing is a bit surprising, but when it happens in 719 years, it's always going to be surprising. >> you know what i thought, george, i thought he must -- do you think he's slowing down or he's really not well? >> i saw the pope in december shortly after he made six new cardinals. i thoug
the cobra, stay tuned. that does it for us, go >>> do you think government spending is the big problem, the thing that is really holding the economy back? if so then you had a bad week. >> first jobs report of the year. >> fourth quarter gdp numbers are down. >> the republican party can't move forward. >> government spending does actually help the economy. >> a trillion dollar stimulus bill, supposed to create jobs. >> we need to start solving the actual problem. >> we need to cut spending. >> cutting. >> cutting very popular social insurance programs. medicaid, medicare, social security, health care. >> there is another economic reason why we need reform. >> let's help to build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known. >> as congress gets ready to tackle the immigration, there will be a snag. >> the republican party can't move forward. >> doesn't want to do anything on comprehensive immigration reform. >> what would you do about immigration? >> how to deal with border security. >> first we strengthen the borders. >> they have to be reasonable how they do it. >> we define
republicans. hi took his sequester fight to eight local tv stations across the nation. >> instead of us cutting mental health programs, affecting military readiness. we should be focused on programs we know don't work and some of tax loopholes we could close that frankly just benefit the well off and well connected. now i need congress to act and they have nine days to do it. >> congress is not working, and congress is no working because we've got this ideological confrontation. if we got a deal, in my opinion, it would be the single biggest stimulus package we could pass. the restoration the confidence would be magnified. >> president obama is not taking his foot off the gas today. just a short time from now, he takes his pitch to african-american radio stations. today democratic strategist james carville said the republicans need a true leader to emerge and stand up. >> if i'm a republican, i want everybody to run for president and you want someone to beat somebody who stands up and looks strong. herman contain and michele bachmann don't count. the republicans needs somebody a leader
be released. yet 83% of americans said they supported the president's use of drone strikes. i'm wondering is there any public pressure to be more transparent? is that going to happen now? >> that's really interesting. i mean, you cited that poll, 83% of folks agree with the drone program, its use at least overseas. there's a difference if this is used on our soil here, certainly no backing for that among americans, but so far you haven't seen the outcry of a public outcry in terms of this program being used to target americans overseas. i think this is the first big public airing of this issue that we've seen. we'll see obviously brennan take it up today and perhaps after that you'll have americans raising some concern, but so far there has been bipartisan concern i think on the hill. it hasn't extended to the american public, and even in some ways you have had a situation here where republicans have been the fiercest supporters of this program. some folks saying what about democrats also being in the president's corner if this was bush doing the same thing? would they have had a differen
not use tactics to undermine it. he explained the importance of section five best on in the speech saying the heart of the act is plain. wherever by clear and objective standards, states and counties are using regulations or laws or tests to deny the right to vote, then they will be struck down. it is clear state officials intend to discriminate. the federal examiners will be sent in to register all voters. when the process of elimination is gone, the examiners will be withdrawn. for the first time millions of african-americans could vote without undue influence or violence. let's be honest about a few things. first, 1965 was not that long ago. even if the images are in black and white, it's around the corner historically. and the redistricting plan was as recent as 2006. the process that will unravel or sustain a key act begins. the way the supreme court decides is vitally important and could leave many americans, particularly americans of color with less right to vote. there's a lot to unpack in this issue and i am not a lawyer. we went out and got a table full of them to help me out. j
to us the process of what happens after february 28th. >> well, thomas, we're actually all waiting to find out, because as you noted at the beginning this hasn't happened in 719 years, so there's no playbook ready to go. the pope made a manifestation of his will today, indicating that as of 8:00 p.m. rome time, february 28th, he is no longer the pope. so that's that. i don't think there's going to be any ceremony marking this. he has indicated that that is what he has decided, and in the law of the church, that settles the question. whether the cardinals, who i suspect will be going to rome within the next several days, decide to have four or five days of formal consultations before they lock themselves up in the conclave to elect a new pope, we -- -- for this man who has often had a hard time with his public image, who has been the victim frankly of a cartoon presentation of himself by many of his enemies, but whom people seem to have come to understand as a man of god, a real pastor, one of the most learned men in the world, and someone who had a unique capacity to make the chris
that for you. >> but it's a possibility? >> cindy, thank you. thank you for talking to us. >> so you just heard an update from syndrome cindy bachman with the sheriff's department. they're not exactly sure through all the shooting that anned earlier today -- >> there you saw the most interesting question of the night. christopher dorner on the loose or not, or did he burn in that cabin. john yang still with us from the l.a. bureau of nbc news. john, that was quite a news conference, leaving us with nothing really except the possibility that the person being pursued here, christopher dorner who may be responsible for four killings right now is on the loose again. >> that's right there. is no indication. i mean clearly they say this is the cabin where he was holed up, that the fire, they're not sure how the fire started. they're not letting anyone near the fire. and clearly, it seems to be burning unchecked. it's not clear how tight a circle they had around that house that they could make sure that he didn't escape or whether they can tell whether he had escaped. now, i can tell you that they hav
for six days. joining me now is fbi profiler clint van zandt. clint, what can you tell us? >> well, we know that dorner allegedly hid in these mountains. al, he was able to break into a cabin. he may have held one or two people hostage for an extended period of time. he left that cabin, stole their vehicle, and fled the area supposedly one of the hostages may have been able to dial 911. the authorities saw the vehicle, made some type of stop of the vehicle. a shootout took place with authorities. two officers are shot and down. dorner was able to make his way back to a cabin where he's been barricaded and there are reports of literally hundreds of rounds fired exchanged between dorner and the law enforcement officers that currently surround the cabin. >> clint, we're awaiting a live press conference by the los angeles police department, but let me -- let me kind of recap what you're telling us. we're told that he allegedly did a home invasion on a cabin -- in a cabin. and took some people hostage allegedly. and at some point, he left, took their car, stole their car, left -- one of the
've done in cuts, about 600 billion to 700 billion in new revenues. i'd like to see us end at a point where we're 50/50. i think the president going out to the country and saying this should be a balanced plan about 50/50, the american people agree with that. but as dana and lynn were pointing out, it's going to be hard to get to that here in the congress. and while the american people will just blame congress, and i think that's quite true they won't distinguish so much between the parties, the reality is, democrats have been willing as we've seen from the $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction we've already done to more than meet the gop half way. but the gop's going to have to be a negotiating partner with us and a lot of the fight right here on the hill right now is not between democrats and republicans. it's between republicans and republicans in the house of representatives. >> they'll be looking at congress and saying democrats or republicans, it's your fault. >> there'll be many that won't discriminate between the two parties. but here on the ground, there is, i think, recognition that
move. nuclear waste leak in the u.s. new fighter jets already grounded. and yahoo!'s new ban that's rubbing some employees the wrong way. we have details on all those stories throughout this hour. but first. >>> new today, president obama take aim at congressional republicans with just six days until the painful across the board budget cuts take effect, if no deal can be reached to avert the sequester. >> are republicans in congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kid' schools and mental health care just to protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners? are they really willing to slash military health care and the border patrol just because they refuse to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies? are they seriously prepared to inflict more pain on the middle class because they refuse to ask anything more of those at the very top? >> meantime, republicans are defending their record, putting the blame on the president. senator john hobin of north dakota delivered this week's republican address. >> house republicans have already passed two bills to replace the preside
's the buildup. we also have with us democratic political strategist -- >> oh! >> -- james carville. >> look at this! >> what is this? >> more than that. >> strategist. >> he's the co-author of the book "it's the middle class, stupid!" and you're so right about that. >> thank you. >> good to have you on board this morning. this is going to be fun. i'm a little nervous. yeah. >> you'll somehow get through it. >> somehow or another. >> you will somehow get through it. i'm a little concerned, though. i brings this vile, vile sticker. what's that lsu thing you've got there? >> he's trying to insult you already? >> it's really ugly. >> i'll teach there, too. what the heck. >> a lot going on today. look at the front page of "usa today." we'll start there. new polling is showing that president obama has a strong lead over congressional republicans on a host of big issues playing out right now in washington. that's according to the you in noons from "usa today" and pew research center. 45% of those polled say they support the president's approach to cutting the federal deficit. 38% support republica
for him, but at the same time, we understand, he makes us understand that this was a decision made with serenity. what i've heard is that he went and he divested his investments and he simply said, it's in god's hands. and i think that trust in god that he's shown for his ponti pontifica pontificate, he'll continue to follow through. >> but a kind of a paradox. this is a very traditional pope. he brought back some of the latin and pre-vatican procedures the to the mass, yet he is charting this whole new territory. i think it has a lot to do, frankly, with modern medicine and the fact that we keep people alive a lot longer, but as he pointed out, he's leading this huge organization of 1.1 billion people and it takes a certain amount of stamina and energy. >> there are two things that your comments make me think of. one, we've kind of cast him as this traditional pope, but he shows up on the scene, you know, the rottweiler, god's rottweiler, and about how god is loved. the next thing you know, he's first creating this big ruckus, but then the next thing you know, we have this incredi
declared to this chamber that the constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress. >> reporter: in the first state of the union address of his second term -- >> the state of our union is strong. >> reporter: -- president obama made a direct challenge to congress. >> let's get this done. >> reporter: as he laid out his vision for the country, the president repeatedly called on democrats and republicans to act. >> the american people don't expect government to solve every problem. but they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party. >> reporter: it all came on the same day speaker john boehner called the president out for not having the courage or guts to make tough choices on the budget. the president used the power of the podium to push back. >> some in congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts. by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training. medicare and social security benefits. that idea is even worse. >> reporter: as is typical of most state of the union addresses, the president covered lots of ground. >> our fir
workers into the u.s. the four democratic and four republican senators wish to get momentum from the call for immigration reform. they're similar to the principles laid out by the president in the campaign last year. but it highlights deep conflicts between the parties as the specifics of the policy are hashed out. to his part, the president sounded amenable to compromise. >> we've been debating this for a very long time. it's not as if we don't know technically what needs to get done. there will be rigorous debate about many of the details, and every stakeholder should engage in real give and take in the process. but it's important for us to recognize that the foundation for bipartisan action is already in place. >> the operative word there was details because, despite all the headlines of a bipartisan group of senators ripe for comprehensive impression reform, it will come down to the details of the proposal, details that matter a tremendous amount to many people, and it's the details that could prove the legislation's undoing. i want to talk about the details because the broad talk is
it for us tonight. thank you for joining us on a friday night. "weekends with alex witt" starts now. >>> six days and counting, sextise seeking the truth on the massive budget cuts set to take place in less than a week. >>> what does a butcher shop have to do with impending budget cuss? >>> brace yourself, again. parts of the northeast will get hit by a snowstorm. >>> oscar predictions. who will get the biggest awards? one expert will tell you. >>> let's get to what's happening out there. president obama taking aim at congressional republicans with six days until the painful, across the board budget cuts if no deal can be made. >> are republicans letting cuts to fall on our kids' schools and mental health care to protect corporate loopholes. are they willing to slash military health care and border patrol because they refuse to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies. are they seriously prepared to inflict more pain on the middle class because they refuse to ask anything more of those at the very top? >> republicans are putting the blame squarely on president obama. this week's republican
the obama strategy and uses his gimlet eye to talk about it. since the collapse of the grand bargain talks in summer 2011, obama has become a far more cynical and politically successful operator. what the president is doing with his repeated public emphasis on the sequester is laying the groundwork. >> the president has got a big megaphone, a much bigger megaphone than john boehner, eric cantor, mitch mcconnell, anyone on the republican side, and he's going to go out there on the daily basis, he's going to stand with police officers, teachers, he's going to go to the pentagon and talk with people, perhaps, going to be furloughed. they are going to furlough 700,000 people. he's going to do local tv hits today around the country, and john boehner gets a "wall street journal" editorial, which is really just speaking to his base. the president is speaking to the american people, making the case these cuts are bad for them, and the republicans really are not in a position to respond effectively. when you're in the congressional wing of the party, democrats or republicans, you're not able to eff
-- for rock center. mary, this is -- this could not be more shocking. tell us what we know about the events and how this comports with what you know of this famed athlete. >> andrea, i'm heart sick over this, that this beautiful woman is gone and that oscar pistorius, he is one of the iconic figures in the london games this summer. a couple of months before this last summer's olympics i was -- i got to spend almost a week with oscar at his home at the place where this horrible incident occurred. it looked like it was a very good neighborhood. oscar certainly did have guns, and he used to talk about how, you know, at night he has got no legs. he kept guns in his bedroom and he obviously worried about that. i guess the gun problem in south africa is every bit as worse as it is in this country, maybe even more so. what we know so far is that he is in custody, and that there are reports that perhaps it was valentines day already in south africa when this happened. there are reports that maybe he thought that his girlfriend was a burglar, but those reports are not coming from the police, and the
absolutely barrelled from the west coast into the heartland of the u.s. dumping a huge amount of snow in kansas. wichita, 14 inches. that's the most they've seen in more than 50 years. inches piling up in omaha and st. louis. 1,000 plows are working in kansas alone, but it's doing little to keep drivers from being stranded. actually, you saw a plow itself getting toppled over. even the plows are having trouble staying on top of things. hundreds of flights have been scrubbed. bill karins will have more for us a little later in weather. right now, we want to turn to politics. we're now just one week from the automatic cuts that will slash $85 billion from government spending. the congressional budget office estimates the sequester will cost 750,000 jobs and lower economic growth by 0.6%. don't forget we were negative in gdp in the last quarter. it could mean longer lines at the airport, less funding for teachers, and cuts at the pentagon that officials say could hurt national security. still, the white house and republicans remained lock in a stalemate over how to deal with the sequeste
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